I am deeply concerned over President Bush's veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. The bipartisan vote in Congress in favor of extending and improving this program demonstrates leadership in protecting low-income families and children. The veto of this legislation could lead to an interruption in coverage for many children who are depending on medications and necessary medical procedures. The veto further denies coverage to millions more children who are living without health insurance.
Everyone -- especially children -- should have the right to adequate health care. Improving public policies that promote the health of our nation's children is a key issue of Catholic Charities USA's Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America. This campaign pledges to hold our nation's leaders accountable for how their decisions impact those living in poverty.
At the 2004 Republican National Convention, President Bush vowed to "lead an aggressive effort to enroll millions of poor children who are eligible but not enrolled in government's health insurance programs." As the number of uninsured children continues to rise, why has he reneged on his promise?